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but 1) too bad Jon Krakauer had to play reporter throughout it all- ...
on June 11, 2015
well done. but
1) too bad Jon Krakauer had to play reporter throughout it all- and the writing was detached as a result of that /or maybe just that he has a passionless, bland quality in his own personality that seeped out in his writing... that said the quality of writing is great..it was had a flat monotonous tone almost...
2) in true american style the characters are described as charicatures.. probably again he didn't bother or care to get to know them well or on any deep level ( which is an ugly american trait this kind of superficiality and self absorption- worse in other climbing books by americans for sure..) ...so i didn't care when any of the people died. but when you're writing a book like this...i should care. at least about a few of them. but they were written about in such a two dimensional way that i didn't care.
3) he seemed to miss the major axis of the "story" i thought which would have brought more pathos, and even drama to the narrative ...He minimized the very moving and very dramatic story with Rob Hall who from what it sounds like from the documentaries I happened to watch later - who seems he literally sacrificed his life to help his client he came to care about Doug. Rob Hall sounds like a remarkable soulful and caring person, ...too bad Krakauer doesn't really seem to even take notice of his final act of compassionate heroism ( despite Hall's mistakes as a guide)..
3 ) At times i got a bit mixed up near the end as the writing became disjointed- as to who was where and who was with who...
4) Although his assessments I think were correct, especially regarding Bukreev, he should still also reward his acts of heroism despite his terrible mistakes.He did save three people's lives and didn't even flinch as he waltzed up into that storm.
the good ? great critical assessments, great writing, thorough, thoughtful and a very objective account by a man who lived through it. Also i found he didn't bring his ego in to it and showed great- self objectivity as well.
It's a story you will never forget.